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An Easter Greeting

Posted by Big John on April 22, 2011

Today is Good Friday, a public holiday in the UK, and I have just been down to the local pub for a lunch of fish and chips accompanied by a bottle of cheap Australian Chardonnay. Most enjoyable on this warm sunny day when all around me seem to be having such a great time.

OK, so a trip to the pub is not really in keeping with the Christian tradition of Easter, but then I am not a ‘Christian’ although I am a believer in most Christian values, and therefore I wish all of you whatever your religion and whoever your God is …

…    a very happy Easter.

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5 Responses to “An Easter Greeting”

  1. I am not a “believer in most Christian values” for the simple reason that those values that we non-believers can subscribe to are not Christian but simply human. All religions are expert at taking human values and rebadging them as “god-given”. That hypocrisy should continually be challenged and not allowed to pass.

    The problem, however, is not so much this plagiarism of the good but the bad things that religions add to the mix. At a time when our government seems determined to hand education, and health and welfare services to religious organizations, we should remember the harm that religion has always done and continues to do, especially to the weak and vulnerable who are unable to fight back.

  2. Ginnie said

    I have to agree with SilverTiger on this one. The use of the word “christian” to describe an honest and moral person sticks in my craw. I’ve seen way too many so called christians who (other than attending their churches) do nothing to deserve this accolade.
    I am, however, happy that you had such a nice day and I wish you an even happier weekend.

  3. Grannymar said

    Here in Northern Ireland we have to be different. The holidays are Monday and Tuesday – that is unless you work in the public service, a bank or the Post Office.

    Yet AGAIN our holiday is in the shadow terrorist threat with a severe threat level posed by terrorists. Who said it was over?

  4. Big John said

    Oops ! … ‘Tiger’ and Ginnie. Not like me to give any religion a good name. Someone must have slipped a drop of Communion wine into my Chardonnay. ;-)

    Grannymar… I hate to say it, but I’ve never believed that “it was over”. Once again religion has a lot to answer for.

  5. Intriguing comment by SilverTiger. I recently signed on with a Unitarian-Universalist congregation. They consider themselves “religious,” but don’t require adherence to any particular creed. I’m taking Silver’s thoughts to the next meeting of a little discussion group. They should provoke some lively interchanges, with agreement from most.

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